A year into the global pandemic, data on COVID-19 metrics for the United States congressional districts have not been available. Researchers at the Geographic Insights Lab based at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies, the Harvard Center for Geographic Analysis at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science, and Microsoft AI for Health present COVID-19 metrics and data visualization for the congressional districts to allow elected officials and their constituents to monitor and develop testing strategies, vaccine deployment strategies, and other measures to enable their districts to open safely. This project is connected to the research taking place at the Geographic Insights Lab.
Underscoring the importance of having COVID-19 metrics by congressional districts, Representative and Chair of the Committee on Small Business, Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez of New York’s 7th Congressional District comments:
“This research from the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies provides critical insight not previously available into how this pandemic is impacting different congressional districts across the United States. Because of this information, the House Small Business Committee can better examine the efficacy of federal programs in reaching the areas most impacted by this virus. Data like this is critical to policymakers as it improves our ability to legislate changes that ensure aid is going to those that need it most.”
COVID-19 Metrics Dashboard for United States Congressional Districts
- cases and deaths (count and per capita)
- progress to zero
- risk levels
Akhil Kumar, Turner Fenton Secondary School, Toronto, Canada; Priyanka deSouza, MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning; Jeffrey C. Blossom, Harvard Center for Geographic Analysis; Wendy Guan, Harvard Center for Geographic Analysis; S V Subramanian, Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies, and Harvard Center for Geographic Analysis.